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BPS 4104 Bioinformatics (Winter term)

Course description:

The rapid development of molecular biology and biotechnology has resulted in rapid accumulation of genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic data. These data, centralized in major databases and databanks, is equivalent to ever-expanding oceans with enormous fish and whale stocks waiting to be harvested. Bioinformatics, an interdisciplinary science founded by the joint effort of biologists, computer scientists, mathematicians and statisticians, studies the oceans of data and design efficient fishing fleet to harvest the resources.

This course will show you the ocean and a glimpse of the fishing fleet. Practical application of quantitative and computational methods to solve biological problems will be illustrated to enhance understanding.


Xia, X. 2007. Bioinformatics and the cell: Modern computational approaches in genomics, proteomics and transcriptomics. Read/Download from SpringerLink

Lab manual

Downloaded as a PDF file.


Mid-term exam #1 (1.5 hr, done during lab session): 35%
Mid-term exam #2 (1.5 hr, done during lab session): 35%
Laboratory reports every week: 30%
Note: If we have 11 labs and you submitted only 2 lab reports, then your average final lab mark will NOT be the average of the two, but will be (Mark1+Mark2)/11. However, if sickness (or some equally valid reasons) prevents you from submitting 3 lab reports, please let TA know and your final lab mark will be (Mark1+Mark2)/(11-3).

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Prof. Xuhua Xia, Rm. 278, 30 Marie Curie.
E-mail: xxia@uottawa.ca
Phone: 562-5800 ext 6886

Office hour:

Thursday: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm or by appointment.

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